§ *MR. MACKARNESS
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether he is now in a position to make any 1431 statement as to the effect produced by the measures taken to allay the unrest in the Punjab; and how long or to what extent it is necessary to continue them.
§ MR. MORLEY
The proceedings under the regulation of 1818 are generally recognised as having had a most salutary effect in the Punjab. The prohibition of seditious meetings under the Ordinance of 11th May has prevented the spread of disorder in the Punjab and has allayed excitement there. But it would be premature to say that the state of feeling gives no ground for anxiety. I can only say that we have no intention of continuing measures referred to a day longer than the circumstances require, but so long as in our judgment circumstances require it they will be maintained. I may remind my hon. and learned friend that the Ordinance has legal effect only for six months from 11th May. If the Government of India wish to continue it, they will have to legislate in the ordinary way.
§ * MR. MACKARNESS
asked whether the prisoners had availed themselves of the right under the Ordinance of making known to the Government any defence or statement they wished to make.